**photos courtesy of Jodie Martin
Zayda Martin is one of more than 260 University of Iowa students who are members of the 2022 Hawkeye Marching Band, one of the “top ten college marching bands in the nation,” according to CNN Headline News and one of the Big Ten Conference’s marching bands whose halftime show is “worth the watch,” according to Sports Illustrated.
Martin is from Monmouth, IL and plays the Sousaphone; this is Zayda’s first year as a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band.
Affectionately known as “Band 142” by its membership – will once again be the sound and heartbeat of historic Kinnick Stadium at each of the nationally ranked Iowa Hawkeyes’ seven home games including this week’s game against the nationally ranked Michigan Wolverines.
As the most visible ensemble in the University of Iowa’s School of Music and the largest student organization on the campus, the HMB brings all Hawkeyes together to “Fight for Iowa.” Comprised of students from nearly every major at Iowa – Martin is majoring in Biology – this time-honored organization combines quality musicianship, Hawkeye spirit, pride and dedication to create its nationally renowned gridiron excitement.
In addition to its 260 musicians, performances by the HMB include drum major Christian Frankl, Golden Girl Ella McDaniel, and members of the award-winning Iowa Dance Team.
Eric Bush is associate director of bands and director of the Hawkeye Marching Band in the School of Music at the University of Iowa.
“We gain a significant advantage playing at home in Kinnick and its familiar surroundings with friends, fans, and the Hawkeye Marching Band cheering us on,” says longtime UI football head coach Kirk Ferentz.
In addition to its many contributions to the game-day environment inside Kinnick, the HMB always performs pregame concerts in the UI Recreation Building located immediately northwest of Kinnick Stadium. These concerts are free and always begin 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
To learn more about the Hawkeye Marching Band and the UI School of Music, click HERE.
About the University of Iowa
As a top global university, Iowa is the ideal destination for learning, discovery, and innovation. We bring art and science together to create a truly unique interdisciplinary education. With over 200 areas of study to choose from, students are encouraged to mix and match majors, minors, and certificates to earn a degree that reflects their unique interests.
From inside our world-class medical center to the most prestigious creative writing program in the U.S., students have access to quality academic support and are equipped with the tools they need to stand out in a competitive workforce. Our 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows students to work directly with experts in their field while earning valuable, practical skills.
Our campus seamlessly blends into the heart of downtown Iowa City, making it easy to access academic resources and belong to a larger, welcoming community. With over 500 student organizations, clubs, and communities on campus, and countless in-town events scheduled throughout the year, Iowa makes it easy to build a network of friendships and connections that last a lifetime.
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More than 260 current University of Iowa students are members of the 2022 Hawkeye Marching Band, one of the “top ten college marching bands in the nation,” according to CNN Headline News and one of the Big Ten Conference’s marching bands whose halftime show is “worth the watch,” according to Sports Illustrated.
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